The Life of Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway was a Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize winning author and journalist. Hemingway was an author with a unique style which helped shape a generation of writers. Hemingway led an adventurous life and lived in many different countries, which presented him with material for many of his books.

Ernest Miller Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois on July 21, 1899. Born to a doctor father and musician mother, Hemingway had a comfortable childhood and adulthood. In school, Hemingway started to enjoy writing, which was a gift he carried on for years. After graduating high school, Hemingway began his writing career as a journalist for the Kansas City Star, where he adopted a simple style of writing that would be the core of his later literary work.

After the brief start in journalism, Hemingway began a journey through life that took him into Italy for World War I, Toronto, Chicago, Paris, Key West, and Cuba. During his many stops along the way, Hemingway took various jobs as a reporter or journalist, covering many important events. 

In the mid-1920’s Hemingway started writing by producing a series of short stories. However, he came on to the literary scene in 1926 with the writing of his first novel, “The Sun Also Rises”, which was based on Hemingway’s experiences in World War I. His novel was adapted into a movie several years later.

With the success of his first novel under his belt, Hemingway continued to write short stories and novels. Some of his more memorable works were “A Farewell to Arms” in 1929, “To Have and Have Not” in 1937, “For Whom the Bell Tolls” in 1939 and “The Old Man and the Sea” written in 1951. All of Hemingway’s short stories and novels were based on the well rounded life that he led.

While he had a very successful career as a writer, it was not without a price. Over the years, beginning in World War I when he was seriously injured in mortar fire, and throughout his life, he was beset by problems. These problems began to take its toll on the writer and on July 2, 1961, Hemingway committed suicide in his Ketchum, Idaho home at the age of 62. Hemingway is buried in a cemetery in Ketchum.

Despite his lifelong difficulties Hemingway will always be remembered as a gifted writer, who has produced some of the most memorable works in the 20th century. As a reward for his outstanding work, Hemingway received several awards during his life. He received the Silver Medal of Military Valor for World War I, the Bronze Star in 1947 for his work as a military correspondent during World War II, the Academy of Arts and Letters Award of Merit in 1954, the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for “The Old Man and the Sea” and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954 for his outstanding lifetime achievements.

Hemingway will be remembered as one of the finest authors of his generation. We have assembled a collection of resources which will help remember his legacy: